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Democrats’ state income tax talk is meant to manipulate you — don’t fall for it


 

From Tim Eyman

 

Total manipulation. Democrats in Olympia have done it for years.

Here’s their scheme: propose lots of tax and fee increases, tons of them, then float a state income tax bill, get everyone fired up, then pull back, drop the income tax proposal, and then pass the other tax and fee increase bills. Afterwards, all of us breathe a sigh of relief because we ‘beat back’ the income tax but the tax and fee increases hit us just as hard.

Do the Democrats want a state income tax? Of course. Is this a serious effort to get it? Of course not — it’s being pushed with only 7 days left in their regular session. Do they think they’ll ever get a state income tax? Probably not. But they continually use the threat of an income tax in two ways:

* It fires up their liberal base and gets them all excited (you can just hear the crazies saying to each other “The Democrats are finally listening to us”)

* It whips us up into a such a frenzy that we takes our eyes off what they’re really pushing — which is billions of dollars in higher taxes and fees from conventional sources (sales taxes, car tab taxes, property taxes, business taxes, excise taxes, and fees on most everything).

They also want a huge discussion in newspapers, on talk radio, and on blogs about a not-gonna-happen income tax so they can push their tax and fee-hiking agenda with little or no scrutiny or public attention.

We’re not saying don’t fight back against a state income tax, we’re simply pointing out that beating back an income tax isn’t a great accomplishment if we’re all taxed into oblivion by a laundry list of other taxes and fees. Any tax-and-fee-increase-package is totally unacceptable.

For the past two years, I-960 saved us from this type of manipulation. That’s why we need to bring I-960 back by getting this year’s Initiative 1053 qualified for the ballot. We need 300,000 signatures by July 2nd — that works out to be over 2000 signatures PER DAY, a huge challenge.
Petitions are printed and each of our supporters was mailed one petition on February 5th. If you haven’t received it yet and/or you need more, hit ‘reply’ and let us know how many you want and where you want them sent (how many petitions and your name and complete mailing address).
MOST IMPORTANTLY, we really need your financial support for I-1053’s signature drive. Please fill out the form below and send us a donation TODAY of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more (there are no limits on the amount that can be given) to our offices in Spokane. Or, you can do a SECURE online donation by going to our website: http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com — we accept VISA AND MASTERCARD and PAYPAL. Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW.

Help us fight back against the Democrat politicians’ arrogant effort to take away citizens’ rights, increase taxes on struggling taxpayers, and hurt our fragile economy. FULL STEAM AHEAD!
Regards, Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information)

SAVE THE 2/3’s VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES • PO Box 18250 • Spokane • WA • 99228 • PH: 425-493-8707 • FAX: 425-493-1027 • http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com • jakatak@comcast.net
 

 

URGENT ACTION! SB 6449 Slithering Through the Crevices….

February 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Anti-initiative bill passes senate, expedited house hearing tomorrow morning

– ASK EYMAN ABOUT IT

RE: Senate Bill 6449 requires registration, licensing, photo head shots, fingerprinting, criminal background checks, names, personal signatures & home addresses of citizens who collect signatures — expedited house hearing Thursday (tomorrow), 8 am, O’Brien Bldg, Room D Yesterday in the senate, the Democrats passed Senate Bill 6449 (vote was 29-19).

It requires registration, licensing, photo headshots, fingerprinting, criminal background checks, names, personal signatures, & home addresses of citizens who collect signatures. It will have an expedited hearing in the House’s State Government committee tomorrow morning at 8 am (O’Brien Bldg, Hearing Room D). Policies in SB 6449 are opposed by the Secretary of State.

For years, newspaper editorials have been passionate in their defense of the initiative process and scathing in their criticism of this bill and bills like it. Here’s yesterday’s Olympian editorial

— Don’t take away citizens’ right to petition — Senate Bill 6449 “goes too far. The Senate bill would intimidate sponsors and businesses from collecting signatures of voters. The legislation is clearly a shot across the bow of initiative sponsor Tim Eyman who has pressed multiple measures to the ballot. As Eyman says, ‘This is supposed to be a citizen process, not government sanctioned process.’ Lawmakers should reject Senate Bill 6449.

Lawmakers must remember that erecting more barriers to the citizens’ power to petition their government chips away at the very foundation of democracy.” The Democrats and their union backers REALLY want to identity and target ANYONE who collects signatures on petitions — it’s what they’ve always wanted.

This appears on their own website: “If you see a signature gatherer, we suggest you ask signature gatherers if they are being paid, find out their names and take their pictures (alone). ‘We would like to identify as many as possible.'” “Keep an eye out. The best way to beat this is at the signature gathering stage. Please let us know if you see those paid signature hunters in your area and let them know in no uncertain terms what their job will do to your job! Every signature we stop is one more Eyman has to pay for.” “If you see a signature gatherer, call us. We want to do all we can to stop them.” Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME – AFL-CIO).

Here’s more with pictures. Here’s the 2 main reasons this anti-initiative bill is bad — (1) THE SYSTEM IS WORKING (2) OPPONENTS WANT TO STOP IT FROM WORKING.

Now that this anti-initiative bill has a full head of legislative steam, we are hopeful that citizens, other newspaper editorial boards, writers, and columnists will weigh in on this issue.

Our state Constitution makes it clear that the Legislature can only pass bills that facilitate the initiative process, they cannot pass bills that frustrate it. SB 6449 certainly does not make the process easier, it makes it harder. It should be rejected.

If their criminalization of participation infuriates you (and it should), please help us fight back by going here: www.voterswantmorechoices.com  Posted by Tim Eyman at February 17, 2010 10:43 AM | Email This

Here’s the Latest on SB 6130 – I 960

February 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s what I find this morning.  I watched this debate until about 10:00 last night.   They’re going to convene at 10:00 today to continue the debate and vote later today.  Please make a trip down there if at all possible.  If you can’t make it to Olympia, you can watch the live debate and vote here: http://www.tvw.org/index.cfm?bhcp=1   You can also find it broadcast on TVW Station from your local cable provider. 

Wash. House has debate on suspension of I-960

By RACHEL LA CORTE | Associated Press Writer

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state House had a contentious debate Tuesday night over the temporary suspension of tax-limiting Initiative 960, with opposition Republicans maneuvering to delay a vote.

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Making full use of their limited power, the GOP minority asked to indefinitely postpone action on the bill, a move that allowed each legislator up to 10 minutes of speech time and led to about six hours of debate. The House currently has 61 Democrats and 37 Republicans, and the motion ultimately failed.

“This bill completely guts taxpayer protection in this state,” said Rep. Jaime Herrera, R-Camas. “I think there is no greater thing we can do than to respect the will of the people.”

The House is expected to return to the floor at 10 a.m. Wednesday for more debate before voting on the measure that would suspend I-960, which was approved by voters in 2007.

The initiative requires that two-thirds of the Legislature approve any tax increase – a significant hurdle compared to the simple majority approval needed for other bills.

The Senate already has endorsed a suspension of that rule until July 2011, when the next two-year budget cycle begins. Majority Democrats said they needed to make that move to patch a budget deficit now pegged at $2.8 billion.

Democratic lawmakers plan to increase taxes and cut spending to balance the deficit, but they don’t have enough members to get a two-thirds vote in either the Senate or House.

“I believe that my voters want me to have a balanced view of how I look at our budget and our responsibilities here,” said Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Lawmakers can amend initiatives with a simple majority vote after they’ve been on the books for two years, making this the first legislative session that Democrats can suspend I-960.

But critics of the plan said it would be a mistake to raise taxes while Washingtonians try to recover from the worst recession in decades.

“The bill before us would raise taxes during one of the worst economic downturns of our state,” said Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale.

As it stands, the I-960 suspension bill would still allow e-mail notifications to be sent to the public about proposed tax increases, including 10-year cost projections of the measures. But the rest of the measure would be suspended, including a requirement for a nonbinding advisory vote by the public on taxes passed by the Legislature.

Four Republican amendments were rejected Tuesday night, including one that would restore the advisory vote requirement.

The changes to I-960 must clear both chambers and be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire before lawmakers can move ahead with tax-raising votes. Gregoire is expected to approve the Legislature’s plan.

The state Senate would have to vote on the bill one more time before it could be sent to Gregoire for final approval.

The I-960 suspension is Senate Bill 6130.

I 1053 Hearing on Saturday the 13th

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s the most recent email from Tim Eyman on Saturday’s hearing in Olympia.    Keep in mind that, while they’re voting FOR a bill to release our personal info to homosexual thugs who would use it to harm us, they’re voting on something that will eliminate our right to know what they’re doing in Olympia and who is voting for legislation that will harm us! 

Hmmmmm….. I wonder how that “Card-Check” scheme is rolling out.

February 16, 2010

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc’d to all media outlets — reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV — House & Senate members, and the Governor)

From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse,  http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information)

On Saturday morning, Olympia’s Democrats in the House had a hearing on their repeal-of-Initiative-960 bill. Those opposed to the Democrats’ bill did a great job in their testimony.

Here’s what I calmly said (in a suit and tie and without ever raising my voice):

“My name is Tim Eyman from Mukilteo and I’m opposed to the bill. “For the past two years, under I-960, the Legislature was forced to follow the law, abide by the Constitution, and keep the people and the press informed on what the Legislature was doing.

“Two years. “Chairman (Ross) Hunter is quoted as saying that I-960 makes the process “unworkable.” It’s quite an admission that Olympia can’t function if it’s forced to follow the law, abide by the Constitution, and keep the people and the press informed.

“For two years, I-960 has worked exactly as voters intended. “Two years — the voters have learned that that’s the maximum amount of time the Legislature can be restrained by a citizens initiative like I-960.

The rest of my testimony was read directly, without voice inflection, but was intended to be taken as sarcasm, “When we did I-960, we made a mistake: we allowed a legislative session to be held without I-960’s protections. We assumed that restrained by an upcoming election, that the Democrats would never, ever disrespect the voters this much. “We were wrong. The voters, our supporters, and the sponsors of I-960 underestimated the Democrats’ audacity, their arrogance, their shamelessness.”

Ross Hunter (D-Redmond) then interrupted, slamming down his gavel, upset that I had criticized the Democrats, urged on by cheers and catcalls from the anti-960 people there.

I took a deep breath and calmly continued: “We can never make that mistake again. Two years is the maximum. “The 2010 legislative session must always serve as the poster child of what happens when Olympia is not restrained by the law, not bound by the Constitution, nor obliged to keep the public and the press informed. “Voters have approved I-960’s policies 3 times, in 1993, 1998, and 2007. Yet without hesitation, Olympia’s Democrats are getting rid of them.

The Legislature does not want the citizens to know what it’s doing, they want to keep it all a secret, and it’s very unfortunate …” Hunter interrupts again: “That’s it. Next.”

 — END — There’s nothing fair about us being forced to pass initiatives requiring the same policies again and again and again, especially when voters have approved these policies 3 times already. But as the saying goes ‘life’s not fair’ — it is what it is — it’s the reality we’re faced with — rather than whine about it, let’s get to work and do it again.

Help us get I-1053 “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative” on the ballot this November so voters can be given another opportunity to resurrect I-960’s taxpayer protection policies, protecting us for another two years from BILLIONS in higher taxes.

Petitions are printed and each of our supporters was mailed one petition on February 5th. If you haven’t received it yet and/or you need more, hit ‘reply’ and let us know how many you want and where you want them sent.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, we really need your financial support for I-1053’s signature drive. Please fill out the form below and send us a donation TODAY of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more (there are no limits on the amount that can be given) to our offices in Spokane. Or, you can do a SECURE online donation by going to our website: http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com — we accept VISA AND MASTERCARD and PAYPAL. Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW. Help us fight back against the Democrat politicians’ arrogant effort to take away citizens’ rights, increase taxes on struggling taxpayers, and hurt our fragile economy. FULL STEAM AHEAD! Regards, Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information) SAVE THE 2/3’s VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES • PO Box 18250 • Spokane • WA • 99228 • PH: 425-493-8707 • FAX: 425-493-1027 • http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

Dems: YOU PEASANTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND!

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Many of you have inquired about the status of the I 1053 and I 960 issue. I’m posting the email I just received from Tim Eyman on this matter and I hope this answers some of your questions.
RE: Democrats aren’t bound by votes, not even their own — “you peasants don’t understand, the rules don’t apply to us”

A vote on the floor of the Senate yesterday by the Democrats eliminated the 2/3’s legislative vote requirement for tax increases. Voters have approved that law 3 times and that 2/3’s law has survived 4 court challenges — the voters are clearly on record demanding that that be the law.

Nonetheless, Democrats in Olympia took it away yesterday without hesitation — they are clearly planning on violating that voter-approved law in the coming weeks and during all of next year’s legislative session after the election.

But in their zeal to steal more of the taxpayers money, they realized after their vote, that the citizenry would learn of their treachery because of I-960’s transparency provisions.

So now they’re saying yesterday’s vote doesn’t count. Now they’ve ordained they’re entitled to a ‘do-over’ vote, eliminating not just the 2/3’s vote requirement, but all of I-960’s sunshine policies, especially the bills’ costs and legislators’ voting records.

Democrats in Olympia aren’t bound by 3 votes of the people, nor are they bound by their own vote yesterday. They are above the law, above the rules, above reproach, above criticism.

With their dictatorial, banana republic approach to governing, why are they even having another vote? Why not just ‘decree’ that Democrats don’t have to follow the law, aren’t required to follow senate rules and cut-off dates, and don’t have to disclose the costs, hearing dates, sponsorship, and voting records of legislators? Why are they even pretending to follow the rules or abide by the Constitution? Such strictures only apply to us mere mortals, not to the demi-gods in the Democrat party.

During the debate on the Senate floor yesterday, Democrats didn’t even allow for a full discussion, voting to cut-off and truncate debate. Rodney Tom’s exasperated “let’s get on with it” captured perfectly the Democrats’ arrogance.

Citizens worked for 300 days to qualify and pass I-960, waited nearly a year for a unanimous state supreme court rejecting Lisa Brown’s lawsuit, and yet Democrats whined about spending a couple of hours discussing the ramifications and implications of eviscerating this 3 time voter-approved policy.

The Democrats’ scheme is to screw over the taxpayers, while making sure we never find out who screwed us and by how much.

The most effective, constructive, meaningful response to their arrogance? Committing ourselves to getting Initiative 1053 on the ballot and resurrecting the 2/3’s vote requirement for tax increases.

Let their arrogance fuel your efforts.

Petitions are printed and were mailed last Friday to our thousands of supporters throughout the state.  You can request petitions at: www.voterswantmorechoices.com

ACORN, APOLLO, SEIU and their Ilk chomping at the bit for our personal information….

January 31, 2010 Leave a comment

I found this post on www.soundpolitics.com  and felt it worth posting here.  The Lefties here are quite adept at cheating on signature gathering  and opponent harassment and assault, (just ask acorn) so they’re doing everything they can to ensure they have everything they need to intimidate us during the next elections.  It’s a tactic they’ve learned well from the SEIU, Alinsky and ACORN.  They’re working diligently to obtain the identities of those who signed R 71 so they can harass them, assault them and have cause their businesses to shut down.  We all know what they’ve done in the past to businesses and individuals that opposed their diabolical schemes….

Myself, I’d welcome them to come and get in my face.  I don’t have children they can beat up and harass, a business they can destroy and I certainly would get right back at any bastard who tried to intimidate me for my political views.  Most here in downtown Seattle, however, don’t share my attitude.  Thank God.   

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http://soundpolitics.com/archives/013699.html

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REASONS TO BE AGAINST 2 ANTI-INITIATIVE BILLS: (1) THE SYSTEM IS WORKING (2) OPPONENTS WANT TO STOP IT FROM WORKING — ASK EYMAN ABOUT IT
January 29, 2010

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc’d to all media outlets — reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV — House & Senate members, and the Governor) From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

2 reasons to be against 2 anti-initiative bills: (1) the system is working (2) opponents want to stop it from working

Opponents know that if they can stop the people who collect signatures, then there is no initiative process House Bill 2613 and 2614 are the 2 bills that anti-initiative politicians and special interest groups want the most – here’s why

Here’s 2 reasons to be against 2 anti-initiative bills: (1) There is no problem — to infringe on core political speech, which is what initiative signature gathering is and which is protected by the First Amendment (government shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech … or limiting the right to petition the government), the government must have a compelling governmental interest — there is none here. In

Washington state, the system is working. There hasn’t been a rash of scandals involving signature fraud or forgery — in fact, there hasn’t been any. 10 years, 10 million signatures, zero instances of verified forgeries or fraud.

Invalid rates for signatures are lower than they’ve ever been — existing laws and the Secretary of State’s policies are clearly working. The Secretary of State didn’t ask for these bills, isn’t endorsing these bills, isn’t supporting these bills. If he thought there was a problem, he would — he’s not.

(2) “If you see a signature gatherer, we suggest you ask signature gatherers if they are being paid, find out their names and take their pictures (alone). ‘We would like to identify as many as possible.'” “Keep an eye out. The best way to beat this is at the signature gathering stage. Please let us know if you see those paid signature hunters in your area and let them know in no uncertain terms what their job will do to your job! Every signature we stop is one more Eyman has to pay for.”

“If you see a signature gatherer, call us. We want to do all we can to stop them.” Washington State Council of County and City Employees (AFSCME – AFL-CIO).

Here’s more with pictures. For years, this union and other unions and special interest groups have coordinated nationally to shut down the initiative process state-by-state with ‘regulate-to-death’ strategies. They’ve fabricated groups like the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Progressive States Network, Voter Education Project, and other union-funded front groups to push politicians to pass anti-initiative bills.

Their favored attack: target the people collecting signatures — shut them down, shut them up. Without folks willing to ask fellow citizens to sign petitions, there is no initiative process. That’s why opponents target them. Fear, intimidation, retaliation, that’s their mission. The end-justifies-the-means.

Sam Hunt’s HB 2613 & 2614 require ANY PERSON who collects signatures to publicly identify themselves to the government (made available to opponents) with their names, personal signatures, and home addresses (both bills do that). This allows opponents to create a “MOST WANTED” hit list.

HB 2613 goes further by prohibited people from collecting signatures unless they first register with the government (made available to opponents), get licensed, receive mandatory training, provide name / signature / home address / headshot photos (made available to opponents), be subjected to criminal background checks, and other mandates.

This also facilitates a “MOST WANTED” hit list of folks collecting signatures with maps to their homes and places of work with headshot photos to ensure accuracy on targeting. These burdensome, intimidating hurdles will deter most people from collecting signatures.

The right to participate by asking fellow citizens to sign petitions in core political speech, protected by the First Amendment, and we cannot allow it to be taken away, especially when there is no problem — see (1). Unlike the current debate over petition signers, who some argue are acting as citizen legislators and so have no right to privacy, the courts have been emphatic that signature gatherers do have the right to privacy because they are merely facilitating other citizens’ participation in the petition process.

Our state’s own Shawn Newman, Olympia attorney and head of Washington state’s chapter of the Initiative and Referendum Institute, successfully challenged a Washington state law like this one before. The 9th Circuit struck down a 1993 Washington state law that required the names and addresses of people collecting voter signatures for ballot measures to be publicly reported. They ruled that citizens who ask voters to sign petitions have a right to anonymity (“There can be no doubt that the compelled disclosure of this information chills political speech.”).

People who gather signatures are regularly harassed (http://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/harassment.asp) and forcing them to publicly identify themselves and provide their photos and home addresses to the government and initiative opponents will make them even more susceptible to intimidation — many will decide not to participate (see excerpts from affidavit by Cle Elum’s Erma Turner below).

Citizens should not be deterred from exercising their free speech rights because of a legitimate fear of retaliation caused by laws like this.

From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

DECLARATION REGARDING INTIMIDATION & HARASSMENT OF INITIATIVE PETITIONER I DECLARE, UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, THAT:

I’m a small business owner and I’ve collected signatures for initiatives for a lot of years. But with the bills the Democrats are putting forth, I’m getting scared about doing this anymore. When I have to sign each petition with my name, address, and phone number under oath, and possibly get a license, letting opponents know where I and my family live, it’s getting scary. … I can imagine and fear someone like this who is against an initiative I am promoting, coming up to me and asking to see if I’ve signed my name, address, and phone number.

I feel that it’s not worth putting myself and my family in jeopardy any longer. There are a lot of idiots out there trying to sabotage our right to petition so it’s really scary. While I hope to continue exercising my right to petition free from intimidation, if any of these bills pass, then I won’t be able to do any more signature gathering.

I’m sorry; it’s just too frightening for me.

Erma J. Turner, Cle Elum, WA

Posted by Tim Eyman at January 29, 2010 08:17 AM |

Our Legislative and Constitutional Rights are Under Attack!

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Friends, this could be the week that legislators move to “suspend” I-960, effectively making it easier for them to raise taxes, and do so behind closed doors. 
 
While this Blog is dedicated to Second Amendment issues, I feel this attack on our rights here in Washington State is only the beginning. If they’re successful in this unconstitutional effort to destroy our legislative process with regard to tax increases, they certainly will pull the same tricks with regard to our Second Amendment Rights. 
 
Since the beginning of the 2010 Legislative Session, this possibility has been a topic of discussion on Capitol Hill, but now it is dangerously close to becoming a reality.
 
Here’s how it will likely happen. Legislators will attach a provision to “suspend” I-960 in another piece of legislation that they intend to vote on. The key is to determine which one. We think it might be HB 2971, which is scheduled to have a hearing at 8:00 a.m. this Thursday morning. 

You can help us support I-960 in Two Ways:
  1. Attend the Hearing – If you have the time and ability to travel, please consider showing up to support I-960 and Amber’s testimony.01/28/10 @ 8:00 am
    House Hearing Rm C
    John L. O’Brien Building, Olympia, WA


  2. Contact Your Legislator – The Freedom Foundation has been compiling a list of legislators and their stance on I-960.  Check it to see if your legislator responded to us and what they said. If they support I-960, please call and thank them. 

    If they responded negatively or not at all, please contact them and encourage them to consider how suspending I-960 will impact their constituents.

Does Your Legislator Support I-960?  Find Out Here
 

Call Now!!!

 
 

Signature drive STARTS NOW — Make copies of attached I-1053 petition — Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases in Washington State!

       “We have to get 960 overturned as soon as possible,” said Lisa Brown, the Democrats’ leader in the state senate.  In the state house, Speaker Frank Chopp wins the Alice in Wonderland down-is-up, up-is-down award for his Orwellian statement:  “We must suspend 960 to carry out the will of the people.”
 
         To counter their arrogant effort to take away Initiative 960’s policies — which have been approved by the voters 3 times and which have survived 2 court challenges — the 14 of us are sponsoring I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative.”   Asked about our initiative recently, Gregoire responded by telling our supporters to “stop meddling” and “leave it to us.” 
 
        I-1053 reinstates I-960’s common sense policy: 
 
*      For state government to raise taxes, the Legislature must receive 2/3’s legislative approval or voter approval (either 2/3’s of the politicians or simple majority of the voters); and
  
*      For state government to increase fees, the Legislature must receive majority legislative approval. 
 
        Initiative 1053’s signature drive STARTS NOW.  After receiving an unprecedented early endorsement by the State GOP on Saturday, we collected signatures at their meeting but more importantly, over 4000 petitions were taken back to all 39 counties by all 39 county chairman.  
 
         We’re scheduled to have more petitions printed next week and after that, we’ll mail a petition to our thousands of supporters throughout the state.  But we ask you not to wait for that petition to arrive in your mailbox — instead, please print up petitions using the PDF file of the petition (it must be printed front & back on 11″ x 17″ paper) and start getting signatures immediately.  You can download the petition here:   http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com or http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com/1053petition.pdf.  Some of you work in offices with copiers and printers that can do 11×17 — if not, you can forward the PDF file to a local FedEx Kinkos, Office Depot or local printer and have them make as many copies as you want (costs about 30 cents a copy). 

       We know what it takes to succeed but there are no shortcuts — collecting over 300,000 voter signatures means 2000 signatures PER DAY — that requires enormous effort and persistence.  To succeed, we need everyone to start collecting voter signatures IMMEDIATELY.  Today.  Right now.  Not a single day can be wasted.  There are events and rallies and conventions and caucuses happening RIGHT NOW and we need all of you to take advantage of every opportunity to collect signatures over the next 150 days — the deadline is July 2nd.   

       Carry a petition wherever you go.  Put it on the door of your office.  Put it on the counter of your business.  Ask local businesses to put it on their counters.  Don’t just let it sit there — ask people to sign it.  Tell them why.  Because politicians don’t get it.  Because politicians aren’t listening.  Because it shouldn’t be easy to raise taxes.  Because working families and senior citizens can’t afford higher taxes, especially now.  Because without these policies, politicians will radically raise taxes and impose huge new fees.  Because I-960’s 2/3’s vote requirement stopped BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of job-killing tax increases over the past 2 years. 

       Please … HELP!!!!!

      
         This is, by far, the most effective counter-offensive to Gregoire’s arrogant tax-raising agenda.  Help make it happen by contributing today.  FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Regards, Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”:  Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

SAVE THE 2/3’s VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES • PO Box 18250 • Spokane • WA • 99228 • PH: 425-493-8707 • FAX: 425-493-1027 • www.VotersWantMoreChoices.comjakatak@comcast.net

Amber Gunn, the Freedom Foundation’s Economics Policy Director, will be present to testify on behalf of I-960.

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